Special Reports

BRIDGE UPDATE

Construction this week on the new Tacoma Narrows bridge:

Following last week’s discovery that as much as 30 percent of stockpiled cable wire is too corroded to use, Tacoma Narrows Constructors decided to focus on the south cable only.

The bridge builder will use what’s left of the good wire to finish the south cable and wait on the north cable until it can locate more wire.

At the end of last week, five of 19 cable strands had been finished on the north cable and seven of 19 finished on the south cable. This week, spinning crews will work on strands eight and nine on the south cable.

Chemical labs are continuing to test wire samples to determine which coils still have enough zinc coating to be usable.

There was no news yet on the success of TNC’s worldwide search for another wire producer.

“We have been continuously exploring our options,” TNC spokeswoman Erin Babbo said Friday.

The state has completed its plan for additional landscaping requested by Gig Harbor-area residents and their representatives in the state Legislature.

Most of the planting you’ll see this week is work that goes beyond the original plan.

Road crews will be boring tunnels under the westbound Jackson Avenue exit this week to install drainage. No effect on traffic is expected, the DOT said.

The fences around the newly completed War Memorial Park are coming down this week, but the park won’t officially open until May.

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